We have almost made it through the last of outdoor allergy season. Ragweed has run its course in most of the U.S. while mold spores try to survive the declining temperatures of the Midwest and Northeast. Currently outdoor mold, weather changes and shared germs are leading factors in the escalation of cough, wheezing, runny nose and sinus congestion plaguing many of us. Although many areas of the country will soon see a dramatic decline in outdoor mold counts as the first hard frost approaches, the common cold virus is here to wreak havoc for several more months.
As a parent, I know there is nothing more frustrating than hearing your child cough all night. During the fall and winter months, the common cold virus is often the culprit responsible for upper respiratory tract infections and asthma attacks in adults and children. Stopping the cough becomes a main goal for surviving work, school and sleep time.
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One of my daughters was diagnosed with cough variant asthma . We had never heard of such a term, so we spent some time doing the research. It turns out that most people who are diagnosed with this form of asthma are also children with childhood asthma, like our daughter. The main symptom of cough variant asthma is a dry, non-productive cough. This cough may worsen at night, with exercise or when exposed to asthma triggers. Most people with cough variant asthma do not exhibit any of the "classic" asthma symptoms, like wheezing or shortness of breath. This type of asthma may lead to "classic" symptoms down the line. Cough variant asthma can be very difficult to diagnose because it mimicks many other things. Even a cold or sinus infection could present with the same symptoms. If your child's doctor thinks they may have cough variant asthma there are several tests they may want to run. Physical Exam This exam will check the basics and may...
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN - ORAL Pronounced: (gwye-FEN-e-sin) Pediatric Cough & Cold Oral Uses
This combination product is used for the temporary
treatment of cough, stuffy nose, and sinus pain/pressure caused by infection
(such as the common cold, flu) or other breathing illnesses (such as hay fever,
bronchitis). This product contains a decongestant (such as pseudoephedrine,
phenylephrine) that works by narrowing the blood vessels to help relieve stuffy
nose symptoms and sinus pressure. This product also contains a non-narcotic
cough suppressant (such as dextromethorphan, chlophedianol). It affects a
certain part of the brain (cough center) to help you stop coughing. Talk with
your doctor before using this product for a chronic cough from smoking or a
cough with too much/thick mucus.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold s...
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